Author: Felicia Yap
How do you solve a murder when you can only remember yesterday?
There are two types of people in the world. Those who can only remember yesterday, and those who can also recall the day before.
You have just one lifeline to the past: your diary. Each night, you write down the things that matter. Each morning, your diary tells you where you were, who you loved and what you did.
Today, the police are at your door. They say that the body of your husband’s mistress has been found in the River Cam. They think your husband killed her two days ago.
Can you trust the police? Can you trust your husband? Can you trust yourself?
This wasn’t exactly what I expected – it was way better! With elements of traditional crime/ mystery novels, mixed in with sci-fi elements (which I’m not always a fan of, but it’s done so well in this novel), Yesterday is a hugely enjoyable novel which kept me turning the pages.
It was in no way predictable, which novels in this genre can fall into, and I found myself surprised along the way as more and more is revealed. I loved the whole idea of there being just two ‘races’ as such, determined not by skin colour or ethnicity but by whether you are a ‘mono’ or a ‘duo’. Monos can remember only the last 24 hours, Duos can remember the last 48 hours – and are therefore seen as far superior. I liked the nod to Apple’s increasing popularity (everyone carried around iDiaries to help them remember) and I loved the element of mystery. I couldn’t wait to find out what had actually happened to Sophie, and how Mark and Claire may or may not have been involved.
We hear the story from detective Hans, Sophie, Mark, and Claire’s point of views, and this means you get to piece the missing elements together as the characters do and, at some points, know more than each individual does. There’s still plenty of surprises, though, and the fact that the characters have to rely on their diaries to remember things means you’re never quite sure who’s completely reliable and who isn’t – adding extra interest to the story!
I’d definitely recommend this for anyone looking for a new mystery/ crime novel with a difference. It’s original, intriguing and beautifully written novel which I’d highly recommend – it might not be everyone’s tastes I suppose, but I loved it!
Many thanks to Headline and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.